50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2013
7. Robert Pattinson
The 19th-century American firebrand preacher Henry Ward Beecher once said, “Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.” And that is exactly what we celebrate in the annual GQ best-dressed list, in association with Mercedes-Benz, where we name the British men we think really make it big in the sartorial stakes.
And we celebrate the whole spectrum of style. We have always loved the old-school gents-about-town who epitomise the cream of British tailoring, know everything from their cavalry twill to their cutaway collars, and are always perfectly suited and booted. In this category, dare we say that the heir to the throne is the best ambassador Savile Row could have hoped for, even though Prince William seems bemused to find himself a fashion icon. But we also doff our James Lock caps at the young bucks. There are fresh-faced British actors, such as Andrew Garfield, who have taken Hollywood and the red carpet by storm and are – unsurprisingly – loved every bit as much by Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana as they are by the camera.
After a year of breathtaking sporting achievement it is only fair that some of our greatest athletes are picked out for special praise, having gone for gold in the wardrobe stakes. Congratulations go to effortlessly stylish Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins and the Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock.
To take a leaf from Beecher’s book, we know that their dress sense doesn’t make them better athletes, but we like to think it helps make them cooler winners.
Read the complete, unabridged GQ Best-Dressed Men 2013 list in association with Mercedes-Benz in the February issue of GQ, on sale 3 January. British GQ is also available on the iPad and Kindle Fire.